Third Period IceMen Comeback Edges Slumping Fuel
EVANSVILLE, IN - The Ford Center has been a goal-scorers dream the past two weeks, with four consecutive Evansville IceMen games featuring ten or more combined goals. Friday was a rare low-scoring affair between familiar foes, as the IceMen scored two third period goals to upend the slumping Indy Fuel 2-1.
Kyle Stroh, scored the game's first goal for the Fuel 4:54 into the game. A pair of Evansville defensemen stood up Alex Lavoie at the blue line, but the puck bounced to Stroh trailing the rush and he fired a wrist shot over the blocker of Scott Greenham. Stroh has scored three of his six goals against the IceMen this season.
Indy's 1-0 lead held true through the second period that saw 12 combined shots. The IceMen generated just 13 shots through the first 40 minutes on Fuel goalie Shane Owen, while Greenham stopped 18 of 19 shots in the first two periods.
Greenham was stellar in the third period, as the fourth-year pro stopped several grade-A scoring chances. Evansville tied the game just over a minute into the frame, when Alex Wideman sent a quick snap shot over the glove of Owen for his fourth goal of the season. A long shift in the offensive zone led to the game-winning goal for the IceMen, as Alex Guptill's shot was kicked out by Owen to Jordan Sims, who put away the rebound at 11:28.
With the win, the IceMen are now even with the Fuel in the standings and just two points out of eighth place in the Western Conference playoff race. Indy has now dropped 12 of its last 13 games.
Greenham stopped 28 shots in his fourth win of the season, while Owen turned away 20 in the loss. The two teams meet again Saturday at 7:15pm at the Ford Center, before the IceMen have a week off for the Holidays.
Saturday is Evansville's annual Teddy Bear Toss game, where fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used teddy bears in plastic bags to the game. When the IceMen score their first goal, fans will throw the teddy bears onto the ice and the IceMen will donate those to 911 Gives Hope and other local children's charities.
Upcoming Home Games
Sat. 12/19 - vs. Indy, 7:15pm - Teddy Bear Toss
Sat. 12/26 - vs. Cincinnati, 7:15pm - Home for the Holidays Game
Th. 12/31 - vs. Quad City, 7:15pm - New Years Eve Bash (Postgame Fireworks)
Sat. 1/2 - vs. Missouri, 7:15pm - Union Night
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS TICKET SPECIAL
Back by popular demand, the IceMen are offering a ticket special for the Holiday Season. Starting as low as $18 for goal zone seats, fans can purchase tickets to the December 26 and January 2 games and receive a $5 food voucher. This offer is available by calling the IceMen front office at 812-421-GOAL (4625) all the way up until 3pm the day of the game, and is a great way to spend the Holidays with family and friends!
FAMILY 4 PACK
Spend the Holidays with the IceMen for one low price. The Family 4 Pack includes four upper level tickets to the December 26 game against Cincinnati or December 31 game against Quad City at the Ford Center all for just $40! To take advantage of this limited time offer or for more information, contact the IceMen front office at 812-421-GOAL (4625).
HOLIDAY HAT TRICK
Now until December 31, fans can take advantage of the Holiday Hat Trick ticket special. For just $88, the package includes six ticket vouchers to any IceMen home game and two limited edition hats, a savings of $40!
Visit us at www.evansvilleicemen.com, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @EvvIceMen for more information about your hometown professional hockey team.
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